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Disk Drives: Collections of Files from the Era of the Drive

With the introduction of offline storage (in the form of tape and punch cards, later floppy disks, hard drives and cards), computer users began to create and acquire all manner of data to use with their machines. Programs, textfiles, and later images, sound and moving image data would be collected in the course of computer ownership and maintenance. Over time, this collection would sometimes resemble a pile, or a library, or an archive. The unifying theme would only be that they were all on the same storage medium.

This collection is meant to be a deep storage archive of these sets of files and data, fused together as originally acquired from efforts to preserve them. Sometimes the files ran together on a bulletin board system, while others are collections of images disks or cassettes that were in the possession of one person.

The ideal situation would be a legion of curated displays and presentation of this data to an audience, or as fully-described datasets for the purposes of research and historical knowledge. Over time, these collections may find new iterations as such museum pieces and study aids, but for now they are gathered groups of information, awaiting the computer history equivalent of "crate diggers" going through "the stacks" to find precious forgotten history.

Researchers will also want to visit TOSEC, the Old School Emulation Center collection, and the gathered collection of FTP Sites at the FTP Site Boneyeard.

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Disk Drives: Collections of Files from the Era of the Drive
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Topics: Japanese computers, NEC PC9801, NEC PC9821, video games
Disk Drives: Collections of Files from the Era of the Drive
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Collection of several hundred characters for use with the fighting game engine MUGEN. Converted from chars041306.rar to allow use with IA's archive browsing functionality but otherwise unmodified. Browse the archive
Topics: MUGEN, fighting games
Disk Drives: Collections of Files from the Era of the Drive
by Jason Scott
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In 1998, Jason Scott, a child of the quickly-fading Bulletin Board System (BBS) era in computer communication, checked the then-seemingly-infinite World Wide Web to see what it had to say and show about these single-line online services he had used since the early 1980s. Shocked to find that very little had made it online, he assembled his personal collection of textfiles, archives and memorabilia and began a site called TEXTFILES.COM, intending it to be a living museum of the early days of the...
Topics: textfiles.com, bbs, bulletin board system, g-files, philes, hacking, phreaking, anarchy, messages,...
Disk Drives: Collections of Files from the Era of the Drive
by FrostByte
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A couple of years ago I bought about 3,000 floppy disks from a guy in Los Angeles who once ran a PC shareware company. Many of the disks contained shareware downloads from various BBSes in that area, mostly from the late 80s to about 1994. Knowing their historical value, I copied the files off several hundred of these floppies for the sake of history before succumbing to fatigue.As far as I know this is all shareware or freeware, roughly organized into whatever BBS they downloaded it from....
Topics: DOS, Basic, PC, Shareware
The ASIMOV Apple II FTP Archive is the largest public repository of Apple II disk images and support materials related to the Apple family of home computers. Continually updated and loaded with thousands of disk images, this snapshot is provided as a quick reference for projects. This snapshot does not include the emulator or documentation subdirectories, which are separately available. To browse the collection, click here.
Disk Drives: Collections of Files from the Era of the Drive
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The Rhode Island Apple Group (RIAG) is the Ocean State's premier support organization for users of ALL Apple and Apple OS computers - Apple II, Apple III, Lisa, Macintosh, and all clones using Apple Operating System software are welcome here. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing and disseminating information about the use of these wonderful machines with our friends and neighbors in southeastern New England. These files are a combination of scanned and bit-read images of Apple...
Topics: RIAG, Rhode Island Apple Group, Floppies, Floppy Disks, Diskettes, Software, Apple II
Disk Drives: Collections of Files from the Era of the Drive
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.EDD files of Apple II 5.25-inch floppy disks created with "i'm fEDD up" program Program parameters: Last track: 22 Track step: 0.25 Guess format: no EDD card timebits: 2 Particularly interesting specimens: - "Jawbreaker" uses Spiradisc (spiral tracking) copy protection (requires precise synchronization between all tracks) - "Championship Lode Runner" uses quarter tracks - "Blazing Paddles" relies on synchronization between tracks 0-7 for copy protection...
Topics: apple2, 8bit, retro, software, edd
Disk Drives: Collections of Files from the Era of the Drive
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Culled from the FTP site ftp.cvut.cz (which has now removed them), this collection consists of legacy DOS device drivers for a variety of peripherals, including CD-ROM drives, EPROMs, EISA, IDE, LAN, Motherboards, Mice, Modems, Printers and Scanners. To browse the collection click here.
Capture of the file section of The Devil's Doorknob in 1996, put to CD-ROM in 2003.
Disk Drives: Collections of Files from the Era of the Drive
by Don Maslin
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This archive is a collection of CP/M and other early system disks and software maintained by Don Maslin (1927-2004) and stored on his tape backups. Through the efforts of many different people including Al Kossow, Gene Buckle and others, the tapes were recovered and this zip file of the resulting software was created. To browse the archive online, click here.
The files in this archive are taken from the file section of The Cave BBS of Raleigh, NC, USA. From December 1992 to February 9th, 1998, I ran a one-node WWIV BBS in Raleigh, NC, USA called "The Cave BBS." At its height it had over 1000 users, although definitely not all were active at once. The BBS was members of FIITA net, SWIPEnet, and CaveNet WWIV message networks at one time or another. I started with the BBS software WWIV 4.21a and slowly upgraded to WWIV 4.24a over the years,...
Disk Drives: Collections of Files from the Era of the Drive
by Home of the Underdogs
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The last data available from the Home of the Underdogs (formerly at www.the-underdogs.info), one of the largest abandonware websites on the Internet. No games are available in this data, only metadata from the site and various picture files. Files include: Master database (Excel, 14MB): Underdogs.xlsBox shots (some) (11MB): hotu-covers.rarGame manuals / other documents (some) (118 MB): hotu-docs.rarGamebooks (some) (84 MB): hotu-gamebooks.rarBlog Post about the filesGoogle Groups page about the...
Topics: Videogame, Home of the Underdogs, HotU, Metadata, Abandonware
Special thanks go to my partner in crime Masteru, my helper Zandro. Shaqfu, Vincent G for the original topic and many others I don't remember because this has been going so long. |Addendum| -MSX Metal Gear 2 - Solid Snake (MSX2) SD Snatcher (MSX2) -Famicom/NES Contra Deep Dungeon IV - Kuro no Youjutsushi [Deep Dungeon IV/Deep Dungeon IV - The Black Sorcerer] Final Fantasy II Minna no Taabou no Nakayoshi Daisakusen [Tabo's Tactics/Everybody's Tabo's Best Friends Great Tactics] Penguin-kun Wars...
Topics: video games, translation patches
Disk Drives: Collections of Files from the Era of the Drive
by Piotyr
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Credit goes to Zandro, Shaqfu, lmz and all thoese I forget. Description goes to the man Vincent of Gness Addendum\MSX Metal Gear 2 - Solid Snake (MSX2).zip SD Snatcher (MSX2).zip Addendum\NES Contra.zip Deep Dungeon IV - The Black Sorcerer.zip Final Fantasy II.zip Penguin Kun Wars.zip Sugoro Quest.zip Tabo's Tactics.zip Transformers - Mystery of Convoy.zip Wagyan Land 2.zip Addendum\SG1000 Black Onyx, The.rar Addendum\SNES Jerry Boy.zip Tenchi Muyo! - The Game.zip Terranigma 8x16.rar Dreamcast...
Topics: video games, translation patches
Disk Drives: Collections of Files from the Era of the Drive
by Wildcat BBS
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Disk Drives: Collections of Files from the Era of the Drive
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From the MAME Forums: "Years ago we had a forum member named oNyX who used to go around to arcade auctions and California Extreme type events and take pictures of cabs for MAME use. He also collected pictures and info from ebay auctions around the time (2000-2003ish). It became several gigabytes and was shared through a couple of FTPs for certain groups. Eventually most of it went up on a MAMEfans website but not in a way where you could just download it all. I've tossed a few other things...
Disk Drives: Collections of Files from the Era of the Drive
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Collection of open source projects (related to Java and other Sun-related projects) in hbundle format.
Disk Drives: Collections of Files from the Era of the Drive
by Ron Fenley
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This is a collection of images Apple II floppy disks sent to Jason Scott in 2015. Using the ADT (Apple Disk Transfer) program, which utilizes a vintage Apple IIe and a floppy drive. Effort was taken to produce as accurate a read of the floppies as possible, resulting in .DSK files that contain the data from the floppies.  (These are sector-based readings, and contain the directory structure and file information. If a disk has unusual or secret items, they may not have been grabbed). The...
Topics: Apple II, Floppies
Disk Drives: Collections of Files from the Era of the Drive
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Collection of "Scene Notices", notices between various file-trading groups, insulting other groups, announcing changes in the group, or sending out general public service announcements. To browse the collection, click here.
Disk Drives: Collections of Files from the Era of the Drive
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A collection of various cracked or duplicated Apple II disks from the collection of the Glitch - transferred using early Apple Disk Transfer predecessor. Mostly .DSK format, with a number of dormant project files included.
Disk Drives: Collections of Files from the Era of the Drive
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Disk Drives: Collections of Files from the Era of the Drive
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This is a grab of all of the files from AOL's file libraries in the 7000-7099 range.Grab was done in September 2014.Below is a list of the file libraries included:Business LibraryExotic CarsGraffiti Board Download LibraryHealth, Phys. Ed, & Rec. LibraryHuman Sexuality LibraryLive at the Crazy Horse GiffsMarathon PhotosMcLaughlin SpeaksModern Rock Live GIFSModern Rock Live Sound BitesMultimedia ToolsNoisesPhysics_Astronomy LibraryPicturesPulp Fiction GIFSReuters GraphicsSlSmithsonian Exhibit...
Topics: aol, archiveteam, aol files
Disk Drives: Collections of Files from the Era of the Drive
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TICHAUD.FREE.FR Grab (April 2003)
This is a grab of the AOL file libraries from 11000-11999. A listing of the file libraries is below. [11085] 10-10 Photo Files [11582] 24BIT Rendered_ Still Life & Objects II [11153] 2Market v3 Mac (production) [11154] 2Market v3 Windows (production) [11117] A Look Back at Nuremberg [11763] ABC Beatles Anthology [11044] ABC Primetime Clips [11998] Additional Personnel Listings [11999] Addtional Personnel Listings [11775] Adventure Games [11118] Aerosmith [11087] African American Gallery...
Topic: aol archiveteam, aol files, aol protocol
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The first version of PCBoard was released in 1983. Clark Development Company (CDC) pioneered the FILE ID.DIZ format as well as a powerful scripting language (PPL), which supported modifications and to a large degree replacement of most standard commands and processes. A compiled interpreter script written in PPL was called PPE (PCBoard Programming Executable). PPEs were generated by the PCBoard Programming Language Compiler (PPLC), which was an optional tool provided by Clark Development...
This is a grab of the AOL file libraries from 12000-12999. A listing of the file libraries is below. [12236] '96 Wide World Flix [12235] '96 Wide World Pix [12161] 1995 In Music [12305] 1996 Tax Forms [12306] 1997 Tax Forms [12347] @Cool Games and Shareware [12348] @Cool Videos [12680] a [12751] AAA Photo Gallery [12343] AAC Management Area [12470] ABC Kidzine Games! [12695] ABC Kidzine Toolbox [12213] Accessorize [12249] ACLU Upload_Download Library [12000] Additional Personnel Listings...
Topic: aol archiveteam, aol files, aol protocol
This is a grab of the AOL file libraries from xxxx-xx99.A listing of the file libraries is below:800-FLOWERS Product PhotosAntiques & Classics LibraryBig Bands_SwingBSC Photos & InformationClassical_SymphonyCountry Music Clips (A)Elle Main LibraryExamples and ImagesGeneral Uploading IIHighlander The Final DimensionMacromedia Info CenterMain Photo LibraryMilitary LibraryNellOn Computers Software LibraryOnline PublicationsRock 70s (A-C)Rock & Roll 80s (A-B)Science Lab_ Shuttle and...
Topics: aol. archiveteam, aol files
This is a grab of the AOL file libraries from xxxx-xx99.A listing of the file libraries is below:Business WeekGraveyard Archives IImmortal BelovedLegends of the FallLittle WomenMacworld Transcript LibraryMED - HealthRecent Newrooms GuidesServer Apps
Topics: aol. archiveteam, aol files
This is a grab of the AOL file libraries from 7200-7299.Problem files are listed in the text file included.A listing of the file libraries is below:ABC - Guest SouvenirsBest of MacworldBig Twin LibraryCD-ROMExpressNet Download LibraryGallery Party Photos ChatterlessHome Main LibraryIntelKitchen LibraryMacworld EducationMacworld EntertainmentMacworld Feature GraphicsMacworld FontsMacworld GraphicsMacworld NewtonMacworld New UploadsMacworld PowerBookMacworld SoundsMacworld...
Topics: aol. archiveteam, aol files, aol protocol
This is a grab of the AOL file libraries from 10000-10999. A listing of the file libraries is below. [10417] 1996 HFStival [10147] 24BIT DIGITAL_ Flowers & Vegetation III [10190] 24BIT Digital_ Flowers & Vegetation II [10193] 24BIT E-Paint_ Abstract & Conceptual II [10513] 24BIT E-Paint_ Characters & Creatures II [10195] 24BIT Rendered_ Characters & Critters II [10194] 24BIT Rendered_ Sci-Fi Spacecraft II [10518] 24BIT_ Rendered Basic Scenery [10581] 2nd new Library [10886]...
Topic: aol archiveteam, aol files, aol protocol
This is a grab of all of the files from AOL's file libraries in the 7000-7100 range.Grab was done in September/October 2014.Below is a list of the file libraries included:AccessCalculatorConference ArchivesCurrent Caption-the-CartoonFolder ArchivesFood & WineFool Portfolio UpdatesIVI PublishingLottery & GamingMobile Office Exec. IntelligenceMultimedia Presenter LibraryPersonnel ManagersPIMs & Contact ManagersTribune Sports Graphics LibraryX-files holder
Topics: aol, archiveteam, aol files
This is a grab of the AOL file libraries from 9400-9499. A listing of the file libraries is below. [9414] 20th Century Gallery [9407] @Cool Art Library [9425] Animals and Wildlife [9415] Animation Art Gallery [9416] Ansel Adams Portfolio [9488] Audio Library [9417] Baseball Stadium Gallery [9471] Best Bets (MAC) [9434] Carpenter Shop & Scrollsaw Logs [9418] City Skyline Gallery [9427] Die Hard With a Vengeance [9424] Figurative Gallery [9419] Figures and Forms Gallery [9422] Fly Fishing...
Topics: aol archiveteam, aol files, aol protocol
This is a grab of the AOL file libraries from 9900-9999. A listing of the file libraries is below. [9991] A&B Downloads [9904] Adam's Silly Files [9935] Advertising_Demos [9973] Baseball 1 (NEW) [9902] Bosnia [9947] Chris' Library [9914] Club Art Library [9913] Club KidSoft Game Library [9915] Club Mania #1 Library [9916] Club Mania #2 Library [9919] Club Mania #3 Library [9962] Color Weather Maps [9980] Coloring Page Graphics [9933] Compton's Library 4 [9936] Conference Room Logs [9988]...
Topic: aol archiveteam, aol files, aol protocol
This is a grab of the AOL file libraries from 9000-9099. Some descriptions (info.txt files) for multiple items in the same library with the same subject may be missing. A listing of the file libraries is below: 2Market updates mac ABC Prime Time Photos & Clips Artwork Bad Religion Beastie Boys Brandy Capital's Photos Chat Logs (Private) Chat Logs (Public) Chris Isaak Christianity Apologetics Cobb 1-2-3 User's Journal Cobb Full Throttle Cobb Inside Access Cobb Inside Excel Cobb Inside...
Topics: aol archiveteam, aol files, aol protocol
This is a grab of the AOL file libraries from 9500-9599. A listing of the file libraries is below. [9549] 1995 NBA Draft [9531] 19th Century Fiction [9586] Advertisements [9537] Below this Height Gallery [9567] Bewitched [9536] Charities Gallery [9524] Chat Logs, Stories, Newsletters [9598] Chimichanga Illustrations [9502] Cruising Library [9590] Cybertech Files [9571] Daily Logs [9550] Download Tools [9532] Essays [9528] FCLEmily [9529] Fiction for Family 2 [9595] Fidelity Private Board [9588]...
Topics: aol archiveteam, aol files, aol protocol
This is a grab of the AOL file libraries from 9600-9699. A listing of the file libraries is below. [9665] A Walk in the Clouds [9690] All Star Highlights [9677] Alternative Music A-G [9601] Audio Files from Court TV Cases [9661] B.N.Explorer [9657] Backpacker _Live_ Transcripts [9669] Bushwacked [9636] Demo Disks [9644] Dictionaries [9679] Disgusting Noises [9645] Education Templates [9647] Forms Templates [9638] Games [9684] General Utilities [9622] Graphics _ JPEGs I [9604] Green Acres [9606]...
Topics: aol archiveteam, aol files, aol protocol
This is a grab of the AOL file libraries from 9800-9899. A listing of the file libraries is below. [9811] 1995 Season Hi-lites [9884] America Online for DOS Report [9889] Author Chat Transcripts [9860] BMG uploads [9864] Bikini Library 1 [9861] CL - Windows 95 Apps & Utilities [9894] Compton's Software Library [9828] Florida Keys Photo Gallery [9808] Hot Shots [9810] In the Booth, On the field [9899] Interviews with Comedians [9877] Korean War Memorial SoftLib [9883] Mac Today Software...
Topic: aol archiveteam, aol files, aol protocol
This is a grab of the AOL file libraries from 9300-9399. A listing of the file libraries is below. [9368] April [9372] August [9380] Business Week [9364] CQ Download Library [9357] Chat Room Transcripts [9344] Court TV Anchors [9353] Court TV Trial [9355] Court TV Trial Documents [9378] Current Releases Graphics [9317] E-Zines [9316] FAQs [9366] February [9331] First Knight [9303] GIF_ Flowers & Vegetation [9309] HFS tival '95 [9395] HTML & Web Tools (MAC) [9315] Helper Apps (MAC)...
Topics: aol archiveteam, aol files, aol protocol
This is a grab of the AOL file libraries from 9700-9799. A listing of the file libraries is below. [9759] AMSC Education Library [9793] Add Depth Images [9743] All Star Game videos [9757] Bikini Library 2 [9789] Bikini Library 3 [9720] Business Photos [9799] Calendar Templates [9723] Clip Art [9794] Communications Disks [9710] Corcoran Student Assignment Uploads 3 [9706] Cyber Beach-House [9762] Cyberspace HQ Library [9792] Designer ClipArt_Models_Shaders [9791] Designer Images II [9796]...
Topic: aol archiveteam, aol files, aol protocol
This is a grab of the AOL file libraries from 9200-9299. A listing of the file libraries is below. [9283] Adam Ant [9270] Alternative Nation Videodrome [9271] Animation & Promos Videodrome [9268] Art For Kids [9272] Beavis & Butthead Videodrome [9297] Blind Melon [9281] Boingo [9251] Business of Writing [9284] Compulsion [9256] Cubs Photo Library [9290] Dave Matthews Band [9274] Democratic Press Releases [9282] Denzil [9294] Duran Duran [9262] Envoy Wireless Software [9240] FSRC Club...
Topics: aol archiveteam, aol files, aol protocol
This is a grab of the AOL file libraries from 9100-9199. A listing of the file libraries is below. [9114] Beach House '95 [9102] Black Crowes [9113] CADMo Download Library [9124] Christopher Lambert Forum [9122] Cinematographer Library [9129] Computing Photos [9130] Connectix Windows Library [9131] Downlaod Library [9123] Fan Attic Chat [9107] Hole [9105] Hootie & The Blowfish [9115] Hot Spot [9104] Jesus and Mary Chain [9101] Lenny Kravitz [9106] Luscious Jackson [9143] MAC Upgrade...
Topics: aol archiveteam, aol files, aol protocol